Vegetables are part of an essential food need of each person. According to scientific calculation, each person needs about 300-400 grams of green vegetables per day. Together with fruits, green vegetables supplement substances such as vitamins, fibers, fats, carbohydrates and other micro-nutrients needed by the body for a balance growth.
Currently, the consumers are moving towards buying and consuming products with clear origin and quality certification like safe vegetables (SV). However, the legal framework of SV certification is still facing many challenges from site selection, production, harvesting, post harvest handling, transport until it reaches the market for consumers.
With the support of VECO Vietnam, starting in 2010, Phu Tho Plant Protection Department in collaboration with various local government units have piloted " Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)" for SV in Tan Duc Commune,Viet Tri City, Phu Tho Province. The experience is documented in this publication to share and exchange knowledge and good practices on quality standard certification system, particulalry on safe vegetables. This publication is expected also to expand the pool of knowledge and alternative resources for organizations and individuals wishing to adapt quality standard certification system